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Get Rolling is a six-week course to introduce young people aged 11-25 to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Take this chance to try your hand at striking, wrestling and grappling for fun, fitness and self defence, with the option to compete against other beginners at the end of the course.

Signups for the May-June Get Rolling Course are now closed. We will be running more courses after this one has ended. If you would like to be informed about future opportunities, just follow us on Facebook or send us an email.

Get Rolling has been made possible by Sportivate, a Big Lottery funded programme inspired by the 2012 Olympics to help people try new sports and get active. Thanks to Sportivate, Sport England and Tyne & Wear Sport we can offer this intro course to young people under the age of 25 for just £10. That's £10 for the six week course, as well as other optional beginner's sessions during the course period.

You can register now, and the next course will begin on Tuesday May 24th. Sessions will run from 6PM-7PM, for six weeks, and it is run by Origin BJJ Newcastle at:

Origin Dojo
Arch 3 King Edward Bridge
Off Pottery Lane

If you complete the course (attend at least five out of the six Tuesday sessions), then you can take advantage of a month of membership to Origin BJJ Newcastle, which gives you the option of attending any of the 14 training sessions held at the club each week.

This 6 week course will cover the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, including takedowns, striking, pins, escapes and submissions. Learn how to defend yourself or control an opponent in a range of positions and situations.

In addition to the Sportivate sessions, while you are on the course you may attend the Thursday Beginner's BJJ session and the Saturday MMA session at no extra cost. These additional sessions are not compulsory, but are a good way to explore the sports in more-depth and learn more techniques.

If you complete the course you will also receive:

  • One Month's free unlimited membership> to Origin BJJ Newcastle (14 sessions a week including BJJ, No-Gi and MMA).
  • Take part in a club tournament with prizes on offer at the end of the course.
  • Free entry to the next Newcastle Open or Great North Open BJJ Tournament.
  • The option to continue your membership Origin BJJ Newcastle at £45 a month (discounted Unlimited membership) for the next 12 months.

If you'd like to try BJJ or MMA, or just want to learn some self defence skills or get fit, this is a great chance. Sign Up Now to secure your place!

The Six Week Plan

Over the 6 week course you will cover:

Week 1: How to use punches to set up a takedown, how to control someone on the ground and perform an armbar (your first submission), and how to escape if someone is pinning you to the ground.

Week 2: Kicking and punching, and an introduction to the 'guard' in BJJ, and how to pass to a dominant position.

Week 3: Self defence - protecting yourself against haymaker style punches and taking the fight to the ground. Also, how to "breakfall" and "technical standup" if you are taken down and don't want to stay on the ground.

Week 4: How to perform a double leg and a throw. Also, how to break someone's posture in the guard to protect yourself, and set them up for submission attempts.

Week 5: Takedown defence, followed by a look at the most dominant positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mount and back control. You will learn how to set up and complete the "rear naked choke".

Week 6: How to use the clinch to control an opponent, what you should do if someone tries to clinch up with you, and how to escape from a headlock.

Club Tournament: If you enjoyed these sessions, you can take part in a submission grappling competition (takedowns, pins and submissions only, no striking) against other club members of a similar level of experience. This is entirely optional, and will take place the weekend after the course is completed.

To ensure that we can give everyone in the session the best possible experience, places are limited. Sign Up Now to secure your place!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Try BJJ/MMA?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a practical martial art that relies on timing and leverage to control and submit your opponent. MMA includes wrestling, striking and grappling, and allows you to learn to defend yourself in a range of situations. Because both sports involve regular sparring, you get a chance to test your skills in a safe environment, get fit, and figure out what works and what does not. It's a great way to get fit, can help people to lose weight if they want to, get stronger, and make new friends at the same time.  If you would like to know more about BJJ, what you need to get started, and how the ranking system works, check out the Origin BJJ FAQ page.

Who Can Join?

This Sportivate-supported course is for anyone aged between 11 and 25 who is interested in trying BJJ or MMA for the first time. If you are within that age group you qualify for the £10 intro course. You don't need to be particularly athletic, and it doesn't matter whether you are trying the sports for fun, fitness, self defence, or with dreams of one day becoming an active competitor. Everyone is welcome.

Do I Need any Special Equipment?

All you need is a t-shirt/rashguard and shorts/tracksuit bottoms. Thanks to support from ISOS Housing, we have equipment that you can borrow while you are taking the intro sessions, and can offer advice on the best equipment to buy if you decide to keep training. If you do have a gumshield, gloves, hand wraps or shin pads, then we suggest you bring them along, but they are not required.

Do I Need to Be Fit/Have Past Experience?

You don't need to be fit to start BJJ or MMA, and you don't  need any previous experience to attend the intro and beginner's classes. Don't worry about "getting fit" before you start. Just come along and do what you can in the classes; if you try your best your fitness will improve from week to week.

Even if you have some previous martial arts experience, it's a good idea to try a few of the beginner's classes. There is a lot of crossover between Judo and BJJ, for example, but the footwork and stances used in Taekwondo and Karate are rather different to what is usually used in MMA.

I Have a Disability, Can I Still Train?

We try to make the classes as accessible as possible. If you have an illness, injury or disability that you are concerned may affect your ability to train, just get in touch and let us know your concerns. We will work with you to try to sort something out. The beauty of these martial arts is that most impairments can be worked around, and most moves can be modified to suit your individual body type and ability.

What Happens When The Course is Over?

When the course is over, if you attended at least five out of the six sessions, you will be given a one-month free membership to Origin BJJ Newcastle so that you can continue your training. After that, you will have the option of continuing your membership at a rate of £45/month for unlimited sessions each month. There is no obligation to continue your membership, however. If you don't expect to be attending often enough to make that membership level worthwhile, there is the option to pay per session.

If you do keep training, you will have the chance to compete in grappling competitions or to continue training MMA, with the option of taking part in interclub competitions for beginners throughout the year.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch, otherwise, remember that places are limited. Sign Up Now to secure your place!

Registrations are Now Closed

Registrations for the May - June Get Rolling programme have now closed. We will be running more of these courses in the future. If you would like to be informed about the next course, or other Jiu Jitsu/MMA opportunities we run, just send us an email.

Thanks to everyone who supported the April leg of the North East England Kids BJJ league. It was nice to see so many people show up to the event even though it was back at the smaller venue, and to see some first timers take part and earn medals too! We're looking forward to seeing you all again next month, for the tournament in Benfield.

The results of the April leg are posted below. We'll be sending off the results to the UKBJJA so that members of the organisation can get their ranking points updated, and we'll also be updating the local rankings soon. Registrations for the May tournament are open now.

We hope to see you all on the mats again soon, and would like to thank all the parents, coaches and competitors for their continued support and for making the event such a fun experience for everyone. From the newest white belts to the teenage orange belts, everyone is a credit to the sport and to their gyms and we love working with you. Thanks again.

White Belt Age 4-6 < 24kg

Gold: Christopher Ogden
Silver: Lenon Scholey
Bronze: Mason Douglass

White Belt Age 7-9 < < 30kg

Gold: Luca Parker
Silver: Lily Morren

White Belt 7-9 < 34kg

Gold: Tyler Jones
Silver: Luca Parker
Bronze: Michael Long
Bronze: Cruz Black

10:30 Yellow Belt 10-12 <55kg

Gold: Alex Williams
Silver: Dylan Greenfield
Bronze: Paige Forsyth
Mixed Belt 7-9 <38kg Exhibition

Gold: Liam Forsyth
Silver: Alannah Hodgson
Bronze: Benn Hambley

Grey Belt Age 7 - 9 < 27kg

Gold: Jessica Shefford
Silver: Bethany Moon
Bronze: Isla Roberts

Grey Belt 7-9 Exhibition Match

Gold: Bethany Moon
Silver: Aaren Taylor

Grey Belt Age 10-12 < 46kg

Gold: Alex Williams
Silver: Joshua Whittle
Bronze: Amelie Weatherill
Bronze: Millea Strong

Mixed Belt 13-15 <55kg

Gold: Jake Goldthorpe
Silver: John Grey
Bronze: Amaan Qayyum
Bronze: Courtney Yeates

13-15 Years Exhibition Match

Gold: Jake Goldthorpe
Silver: Niall Greenfield

Age 13-15 >65Kg

Gold: Niall Greenfield
Silver: Daniel Cubitt
Bronze: Finnula Hodgson

Shaj Haque, Made 4 The Cage two weight champion, is holding an MMA Seminar at the Origin Dojo in Newcastle on April 17th, from 11AM to 1PM. The proceeds from the seminar will go towards covering his travel costs for tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter, which will take place later this month.

The Ultimate Fighter is holding tryouts in Las Vegas at the end of this month for the 125lb (Flyweight) division, and Shaj Haque from South Shields Fighting Fit wants to attend. Shaj has a really good record (8-2 in professional MMA), having fought on SFC, Cage Warriors and Made 4 The Cage. He's currently the M4TC two weight champion, and is ranked #4 in the UK and #36 in the world in the Flyweight division. That puts him in with a really good chance of getting on the show.

To try to raise money for the trip, Shaj will be doing a seminar at the Origin Dojo on Sunday, April 17th. The Seminar will be running from 11AM - 1PM and costs just £10 to attend. Register for the seminar now:


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Shaj is a truly skilled technical fighter. He is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with the striking and freestyle/Greco Roman wrestling skills to complement that. While he's a flyweight, he teaches people of all sizes, and anyone with an interest in MMA could learn something from him. The event is open to people from any gym/affiliation. We'd appreciate it if you'd pre-register so we have an idea of numbers. If you have your own kit (gloves, shin guards and gumshield), please bring it along. We do have gloves and shin pads for people to borrow if necessary, though.

Shaj said "Sometimes when there is even the smallest chance you can achieve your dreams you have to take the chance, so I am going to be flying to Las Vegas for the TUF tryouts (april 25th) and see where it takes me. I am already overwhelmed by the support people have shown for me to achieve my dreams."

If you can't attend the seminar but would like to support Shaj, he's also put up a GoFundMe page. If you've ever trained at Fighting Fit, and you're in the financial position to support him, please consider doing so - every little bit counts. If you haven't trained there, please take my word for it that it's a great bunch of guys, and they are doing great work for kids and adults.

Register for the seminar at: